Gouveia, Shuster Lead Six Lions to Earn All-PCSC Honors
Sophomore Sterling Shuster was named the PCSC co-Player of the Year and freshman Sydney Gouveia was tabbed as the PCSC Pitcher of the Year.
May 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Sterling Shuster was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference co-Player of the Year and freshman Sydney Gouveia was tabbed as the PCSC Pitcher of the Year to highlight six total Lions who were honored by the league.
Shuster Gouveia and Meghan Harman all earned first team All-PCSC honors while Hannah Montalban was named to the second team. Nicole Clowdus and Olivia Alvarez rounded out the LMU contingent, each earning honorable mention recognition.
In 52 games this season, Shuster batted .322 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. Her seven home runs tied for second in the PCSC and Shuster was also tied for second in the PCSC with 13 doubles. In PCSC play, Shuster recorded a .324 average with six home runs and 14 RBI.
The Arcadia, Calif., native was at her best in the final stretch of the season, launching five home runs in the final eight games, including one walk-off and one game-winning blast.
In 33 total appearances, Gouveia went 18-4 with a 1.82 ERA, 18 complete games, six shutouts and 269 strikeouts. She also held opposing batters to a .190 average, tossed three one-hitters and reached double-digit strikeouts 13 times.
The Arroyo Grande, Calif., native set an LMU record with 22 single-game strikeouts, ranks No. 2 in single-season strikeouts, No. 6 in career strikeouts and is currently No. 4 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9).
Harman, the third Lion to earn first team honors, had a stellar junior season at third base. The Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native led the Lions with a .338 batting average, 52 hits, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 26 walks and a .597 slugging percentage. She also has nine 11 and one triple on the year. Harman had 12 multi-hit games, including a pair of four-hit outings which ties for the program single-game record, and seven multi-RBI performances.
Montalban, the Lions' right fielder, batted .328 on the year while leading the battery with 14 doubles. The rookie tallied 41 total hits and 16 RBIs in 43 games played.
Rounding out LMU's All-PCSC selections were Clowdus and Alvarez. Clowdus, a freshman, was the Lions primary catcher throughout the year. She batted.183 with four doubles and three home runs while her play behind the plate resulted in 366 putouts and a .995 fielding percentage.
Alvarez, a senior, spent the majority of the season at first base for LMU. She batted .218 on the year, collecting 31 hits including one double and seven home runs, which tied for second most on the team.
Co-PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JC Clayton (SR, SS), BYU; Sterling Shuster (SO, 2B), LMU
# - Unanimous selection